Mustn’t forget about corner guards!

Wall corner guardI can’t remember where I took this picture but it shows a nicely thunk about corner guard which shows that they don’t need to be unsightly stainless steel armour plating. I suppose it’s possible to simply make them fairly robust but replaceable, and hardwood would probably be better at taking (and hiding) the inevitable knocks from Georgi’s wheelchair than ceramic… the thought crossed my mind of using the same wood-effect ceramic tile we have on the floor, but it would chip very easily.

More thoughts on colours

This is NOT our apartment (wish it was) but I posted it not simply because I like the colours, but also the glazed doors in the corridor as well as the big arch. I like the floor too - I think this colour of floor tile would have been my first choice had we not decided to emulate a wooden floor.

Maybe this is something for the future - it we’d decided to combine the two apartments and turned the living room in the big apartment into a dining room then I think this would have worked well… we could have put double doors like those at the entrance to the dining room and kept the dining and sleeping areas beyond quite separate from the rest of the apartment.

Nice colours and doors

Double socket outlet for the kitchen

We’re installing one of these MK Aspect K24343 double socket outlets in the kitchen, instead of a regular socket.

Compare to a normal socket they’re very expensive (approximately £60-£70 so we’ve only bought the one) but it’ll be good to be able to charge up a couple of mobiles/tablets using this instead of tying up sockets with chargers.

Click for more information on the MK websiteMaybe we’ll buy a couple more and fit them in the bedrooms too, later on. They fit in a 35mm deep back box (which we have fitted everywhere) so we could just swap the standard ones out with these whenever we want.

Here are some detailed photos - sorry about the quality of some of the photos of the reverse side.

This is the front of the socket showing what it looks like before and after the included cover plate is fitted. I didn’t press it fully on but you can see how snugly it fits on the right hand side of the photo. Nice to see no screws showing which is not the case with the regular moulded double sockets.

MK K24343 Front MK K24343 front with cover plate installed

As you can see it’s quite well engineered. You can see there are two earth terminals in case you want to make doubly sure that you have a solid connection to ground, though the two earths are linked (as they are in the regular MK K2747 sockets, where there is just a central earth terminal) so you can just connect the earth wire to one of these if you want.

MK K24343 Rear MK K24343 Bottom

The big block in the middle contains the circuitry for the USB charging units. This will output 5VDC at up to 2 Amps on either socket and it will detect how much current the device you plug in needs for optimal charging, so it should work with any device no matter how particular they are about having the correct charger. This isn’t the case with many of the cheaper units I’ve seen on the internet, such as this one where the output is very unstable and iPads in particular turn their noses up at them. It’s also worth noting that the unit being examined in that video also had twin earth terminals BUT there was no interconnection between the earths so unless you were fitting this inside a metal back box AND making a good connection to it with the screw holes then you would have one earthed socket and one which wasn’t earthed at all, so it’s important when you do an earth test to test both sockets and not just one, and be especially careful that both sockets are connected to earth if you have the socket mounted on a plastic surface box.

The rear of the socket is very deep but MK advise that it will fit into one of their 35mm deep back boxes and the angled top-connection Live & Neutral terminals should make it a bit easier to squeeze this in, though in future I’d definitely plan where I would be fitting these and put a deeper back box in. It’s possible, of course, to add a pattress and have the socket sticking out from the wall instead of being flush mounted

MK K24343 Top MK K24343 Profile

This is the leaflet which comes in the box - it was in English on one side and Arabic on the other. Click for a very big (1200 x 800 pixels) version of this.

Instruction leaflet for MK K24343

Pendant lighting styles

Copper Dome Pendant Light We need a pendant light to go over the dining table in the kitchen - and possible some in the living room and bedrooms.

Here’s a selection but I think a lot of them will be very difficult to clean. I like the dome type which is similar to what they have in Tbilisi’s Hard Rock Cafe, but maybe only for the dining area.

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Kitchen - alternative design option

I like this kitchen. Lana has gone off the idea of a “classic” kitchen and decided that the designer’s idea (with a few colour changes) is ok, so we need to have a re-think.

What I like about this kitchen is the lighting and the colour, but the problem is that we’re planning on putting a darker colour floor there and, also, Lana doesn’t want a “white” kitchen… though this seems to be a very light yellow, so it’s possible she’ll like it.

I think we do need a lighter colour floor in the kitchen and also the living room and hallway because the darker tile will tend to soak the light up rather than reflecting it back. I had a similar colour floor in my kitchen in England and the downlighters there lit it up just like this.

We could just use the darker flooring in the bathroom and the bedrooms and use this lighter one for the main daytime living areas.

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